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Pitt Keeps Seven Wrestlers Ranked in Various Polls, Including Four NCAA Automatic Qualifiers

Pitt Keeps Seven Wrestlers Ranked in Various Polls, Including Four NCAA Automatic Qualifiers

Pitt has seven wrestlers in the national polls, including the team’s four NCAA qualifiers and three Panthers whose hopes of continuing their seasons rest on potential at-large bids. The Blue and Gold ended 2021 regular season at (3-4, 1-4 ACC) on the year. The squad took fifth at the 2021 ACC Championships in Raleigh, North Carolina on Feb. 28. In the process, the Panthers qualified four wrestlers for the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships.

In Raleigh, Jake Wentzel won his second consecutive 165-pound ACC title. At 197, Nino Bonaccorsi earned his first ACC crown with a second win over Virginia’s Jay Aiello this season. Micky Phillippi fell just shy of capturing his third straight conference championship. The 133-pounder was a runner-up to Virginia Tech’s Korbin Myers. Cole Matthews battled to a third-place finish. All four earned automatic qualification to the  national tournament later this month.

Here are your ranked Pitt Panthers’ wrestlers after the 2021 ACC Championships:

FloWrestling:

133: Micky Phillippi: No. 5 (No. 4 on Feb. 22)

141: Cole Matthews: No.14 (No. 15 on Feb. 22)

165: Jake Wentzel: No. 6 (No. 6 on Feb. 22)

184: Gregg Harvey: No. 21 (No. 22 on Feb. 22)

197: Nino Bonaccorsi: No. 5 (No. 5 on Feb. 22)

Team Tournament Rank: No. 13 (No. 13 on  Feb. 22)

InterMat:

133: Micky Phillippi: No. 5 (No. 4 on  Feb. 23)

141: Cole Matthews: No. 17 (No. 17 on Feb. 23)

165: Jake Wentzel: No. 4 (No. 6 on Feb. 23)

197: Nino Bonaccorsi: No. 8 (No. 8 on Feb. 23)

Team Tournament Rank: No. 15 (No. 15 on  Feb. 23)

Team Dual Meet Rank: 17 (No. 17 on  Feb. 23)

The Open Mat:

133: Micky Phillippi: No. 6 (No. 4 on  Feb. 23)

141: Cole Matthews: No. 17 (No. 17 on  Feb. 23)

165: Jake Wentzel: No. 7 (No. 8 on Feb. 23)

184: Gregg Harvey: No. 29 (No. 28 on  Feb. 23)

197: Nino Bonaccorsi: No. 9 (No. 11 on  Feb. 23)

Team Tournament: No. 20 (No. T19 on Feb. 24)

Trackwrestling:

133: Micky Phillippi: No. 5 (No. 4 on  Feb. 22)

141: Cole Matthews: No. 16 (No. 15 on  Feb. 22)

149: Luke Kemerer: No. 29 (No. 30 on Feb. 22)

165: Jake Wentzel: No. 3 (No. 4 on  Feb. 22)

174: Jared McGill: No. 22 (No. 22 on  Feb. 22)

184: Gregg Harvey: No. 21 (No. 22 on  Feb. 22)

197: Nino Bonaccorsi: No. 9 (No. 10 on  Feb. 22)

Team Tournament Rank: 16 (No. T14 on  Feb. 22)

Looking ahead, Pitt has more than two weeks off before traveling to St. Louis, Missouri for the 2021 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championship, March 18-20.

The Division I Wrestling Committee will meet to select the remaining at-large qualifiers to fill out the 33-man bracket in each weight class, which will be announced March 10, via NCAA livestream while brackets and seeding will be announced on NCAA.com at 4 p.m. March 11.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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